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Principal spends the day on the roof to recognize good deeds by students

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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--If you weren't sent to the principal's office today at one elementary school - that meant a trip to the roof.

WDAZ's Kenneth Chase tells us how the way kids treat each other at Phoenix Elementary is changing.

It was at Phoenix Elementary where some local kids did over 75 hundred good deeds so far this school year. It's work that's sending their principal out into the cold and onto the roof.

"Will you please let me in? No? Come on you guys! It's cold out here,” said Principal, Kevin Ohnstad.

"I thought he was just going to be out there for the first two, three hours of school,” said Griffin, a 4th grader.

"I feel bad for Mr. Ohnstad but it's also hilarious,” said Griffin.

Students at Phoenix Elementary School are being recognized by teachers and staff for being kind.

"Basically helping somebody. Like holding a door for somebody or stacking the chairs after an assembly,” said Griffin.

They're called proud moments – and teachers say they're piling up.

"There's so many things going around in America and our schools and we just want to celebrate the wonderful things that our kids are doing,” said Principal Ohnstad.

The school is raising the bar every few months.

The kids can watch a movie in the gym -- if they reach 10-thousand proud moments.

4th grader Griffin is confident they will.

"Why not? Why wouldn't we?"

And he already has the film picked out.

"I think the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I love the Wizard of Oz,” said Griffin.

It's all part of an effort to improve the culture at the school.

"Oh hi guys. See the book I'm reading,” Principal Ohnstad.

The principal thinks they're onto something.

"It's just a wonderful day for the kids to know that they're being recognized for being wonderful people,” said Ohnstad.  

He's braving the cold...

"When I came up here it was -2 regular temperature. Feeling like -20. With the wind chill and the beautiful North Dakota weather it's cold enough for me up here,” said Ohnstad.

In hopes that kindness is contagious.

"You should be kind to everybody EVERY SINGLE DAY. So every single day should be Valentine's Day,” said Griffin.